Research Profile: Stephen Burns

Stephen is Coordinator of Ministry Studies at Pilgrim Theological College, where he accompanies the candidates for public ministries of the church, and he teaches across worship, ministry and other units. He is Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology in the University of Divinity, and he convenes the research work of the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies. A British-Australian citizen, Stephen studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, hons; MA; PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt). He is a presbyter in the Church of England and has taught in ecumenical seminaries in the UK (The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, where he is International Research Consultant; Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, Durham) as well as in the USA (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge) and Australia (United Theological College, Sydney).


Stephen’s teaching at Pilgrim in 2021 is Mary: Feminist Theological Revisions, Liturgy Lab., and Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition.


Stephen’s publications include:

Forthcoming publications include


Stephen’s research areas centre on liturgical theology, feminist and postcolonial theologies.



Stephen is open to enquires about postgraduate research in liturgical, feminist, postcolonial, modern Anglican and ecumenical theologies.